Donation Scams Another Tool In Hacker Arsenal

When disasters strike, we want to help. But before you click to donate to charity, ask yourself – is it a scam?

Hackers use natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to scam unsuspecting donors. In The Northwest Herald I talk about donation scams:

What’s behind these fake links? Many of them lead to phony lookalike sites that steal your donation and compromise your credit card number. Others silently install malware on your computer or steal your passwords for Facebook and email. Sometimes they do all of these things, a veritable smorgasbord of hacker delight.

As I said in the article, you should never click on links but instead type the address of the charity into your browser. The Red Cross, for example, is

A real charity will never ask for your password, your Social Security number, or other personal information. Most charities also don’t solicit via email unless you’ve specifically signed up for their list.

How can you tell if a charity is legit? Here are some places to start.

If you’ve already been scammed, here are resources that can help:

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  1. http://Rebecca%20Wey says

    Its a very sad state of affairs when these hackers use natural disasters to attack. People are at their most vulnerable when something bad has happened, and therefore more likely to choose to donate. A bad experience may well cause people to stop donating at all ๐Ÿ™

  2. http://Rebecca%20Wey says

    Another awful trick these people use is the photos of sick children, ‘money received for every share’ Of course no money is donated, all the sharers are doing is perpetuating the existence of someones very sick child, awful ๐Ÿ™

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